Facebook Just Introduced a Youth Portal for Teens

The social network is providing safety tips and other information

Facebook’s Youth Portal is available in 60 languages Facebook

Facebook doesn’t seem to be buying in to all of the studies saying that teens are leaving Facebook.

The social network Tuesday introduced its Youth Portal, which it described as “a central place for teens.”

Facebook’s Youth Portal is available in 60 languages, and global head of safety Antigone Davis and global policy programs manager Karuna Nain said in a Newsroom post that it provides information including:

  • How teens can get the most out of Facebook products including pages, groups, events and profiles while remaining safe.
  • The types of data Facebook collects and how that data is used.
  • First-person accounts from teens around the world on how they use technology.
  • Tips on security, reporting content and deciding who can see content teens share.
  • What to do when teens need a break from social media.
  • How to get the most out of the internet.

Facebook made a similar move when it rolled out its Parents Portal in December 2016.

Some teens on Facebook have also started seeing tips atop their News Feeds on topics such as controlling who sees the content on their profile, as well as links to the social network’s Bullying Prevention Hub.

Davis and Nain said Facebook developed its Youth Portal with input from groups of teens in the U.S., U.K., Italy and Brazil, and the social network also received input at events including its Safer Internet Day workshop in São Paulo, its #WeMatter youth forum in Canada and its Global Safety Network summits.

Facebook also added Project Rockit, which focuses on bullying in school communities, to its Safety Advisory Board, and Davis and Nain added, “We’re working with policymakers, privacy experts, other companies and user-experience designers to give teens the tools and information they need. This work builds on our existing programs with Skuola.net, Diana Award, Childnet, SaferNet and Learning Links Foundation.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.